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Comment: Re:subverting the intention (Score 1) 1472

by TangoMargarine (#46782869) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

make it ILLEGAL for the government to ever rise up against its own people

Linguistically speaking, I think this concept is paradoxical. The government can't "rise up" as it's already "over" The People. Since the government is in power, as long as they don't violate their own rules, whatever they do is, by definition, legal...which conveniently includes changing their own rules.

Your example is one cop pepper-spraying somebody for a bad reason? You can't "punish The Government" for that...find who's responsible for telling him to do whatever and punish *that* person, or else just punish the cop if it was his own initiative. Obviously the system is stacked to prevent that from happening, unless They decide to throw somebody to the wolves, though.

Not that I'm disagreeing with your underlying emotion. Those in power abusing said power is always a problem.

Comment: Re:I'll give you six amendments: (Score 1) 1472

by TangoMargarine (#46782793) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

In Australia, a no-confidence motion is called if the legislature can't pass the budget. I can't tell how much this action is voluntary, though...Commonwealth countries and "can they or do they have to" issues seem to go hand-in-hand, e.g. whether the king/queen can actually veto a bill in the UK.

That would've come in handy during that budget ceiling crap we were going through. They said just over 50% of those polled at one point were in favor of firing the entire government, which I can't much fault.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 290

by TangoMargarine (#46758505) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

If they had a free and clear referendum with no intimidation and *actually* 100% voter turnout, I'd abide by their decision. The anti-Russian people also boycotted the vote somewhat from what I heard...which makes all this shadow-casting rather silly, as you said, if they were doing so voluntarily.

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